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Chai with Manjula
...a show about giving
                                     since 2007
Organization: Akshaya Patra, USA                                             

  • Dr. Deepak Chopra
Author, Physician, and Spiritual Guide of international acclaim
Founder, The Chopra Foundation
Member, Advisory Board, Akshaya Patra, USA
  • Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande
Co-Chair, Advisory Council to President Obama on Innovation
and Employment
Founder, The Deshpande Foundation
Chair, Advisory Board, Akshaya Patra, USA
  • Madhu Sridhar
President/CEO, Akshaya Patra, USA

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Akshaya Patra, a nonprofit organization, simultaneously
addresses two of the most pressing challenges –hunger and
access to education for children in India. In the last 10 years the
org. has scaled its operations and expanded its reach from
1,500 children in 5 schools to 1.3 million children daily in over
8000 schools from 18 kitchens in eight states, with its
groundbreaking model that includes innovation, good
management, smart engineering, and public/private
partnerships. These nutritious meals that cost only $30 a year
per child, serve as an incentive for children to come to school,
stay in school and  to focus on learning.

The organization has won
President Obama's commendation,
for its imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a
model for other countries.

  • In the last segment of the show, "Artists making a Difference", there
    is a Tabla performance by Shonali Srivastava.

                                                                                        Show #36
                                                                                        April 2011